So it’s late in the week, you’ve got no big meetings, and you want to take your foot off the pedal a bit at the office. The problem? No one really knows what “business casual” actually means, and you want to be ready for anything without looking like a slob. The solution? Rather than dressing down, dress up casual.
You can do this all types of ways. Cords are a step up from jeans. A track suit is a step up from a T-shirt and gym shorts. On the flip side, a sport coat and tie is more casual than a suit, and a tie with a V-neck sweater is yet more casual than that, but still much classier than, say, a polo. Or, you know, anything Ed Hardy might purvey.
And this mentality carries over to footwear, too. Best modern example: the laceless dress shoe, which combines the look of a classic wingtip or oxford with the casualness of a slip-on. They look great and pair perfectly with either slacks during the week or jeans on the weekend.
The Frye Company Harvey Wingtip, $198, thefryecompany.com
Co-op Barneys New York Laceless Balmoral, $250.00, barneys.com
Florsheim by Duckie Brown Laceless Laceup, $270, florsheim.com
John Varvatos Bowery Laceless Wingtip, $650, johnvarvatos.com